Schools in Wakefield district given a unique opportunity to take part in the Tour de Yorkshire.
As many as 50 of the district’s schoolchildren will have the honour of cycling part of the Tour de Yorkshire route – when the elite race comes to Wakefield on May 3.
Wakefield is hosting the first stage of the final day of the three-day race, which is expected to attract top riders from across the world, and which follows the huge success of last year’s Tour de France Grand Depart.
As part of the build up to the race day on May 3, a group of schoolchildren, aged nine to 11 years old, will cycle the one kilometre, ceremonial lap, in the city centre.
It is part of route that the professional riders will be taking, with the ceremonial start beginning outside the Cathedral in the city centre, and finishing in Westmoreland Street.
Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: “I’m sure the Tour de Yorkshire will be a fantastic event, and it is great that young people will have this once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of this very special sporting event.”
Welcome to Yorkshire and Wakefield Council will be treating the young people like VIPs on the day. Some will be interviewed on the same podium where the riders will be introduced to the crowd.
The young people will be given T- shirts to keep, and their cycle ride will start about 15 minutes before the Tour riders, and will be in front of the crowds and with the police bikes surrounding them.
Schools have been sent information on how to nominate pupils to win a place. They have until April 17 to nominate, and winners will be drawn at random. Those who have been successful will be contacted.
For more information on the Wakefield section of the Tour de Yorkshire visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/tdy